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About British Columbia Search Dog Association

We are an all volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to training and maintaining a network of professional Ground Search and Rescue dog teams throughout BC.

Our association is not directly affiliated with Emergency Management BC but does provide a framework to promote a high level of competence and professionalism for dog team involved in GSAR in BC.

The BC Search Dog Association is an organization of very dedicated individuals who train dogs for search and rescue in BC. The profiles that we train for are wilderness area search and tracking.

Dog teams are validated annually at either our spring or fall training sessions by members of the RCMP Police Dog Service.

Validated Search Dog Teams are all members of their local Ground Search and Rescue teams and respond to tasking requests through the Provincial Emergency Program, as requested by the RCMP.

We welcome new handlers to our training weekends for puppy/new dog assessments but there are some prerequisites. New handlers wishing to attend one of our weekends must complete the basic GSAR course prior to attending, be a member of a GSAR team registered with EMBC, and provide BCSDA with a letter from their GSAR group endorsing their plan to become search dog handlers (see link below for more info on search dog handler requirements).

So you want to be a Search and Rescue dog handler...


Roche Lake, BCSDA Fall Camp (Wed Sept 27, 2017 - Sun Oct 1, 2017)

Register ** Registration opens Wednesday Aug 23 2017, 9am and closes Wednesday Sept 6 2017, 5pm **

Guidelines for registering:
Puppy/new dog handlers $450 plus $40 membership if you want to join BCSDA, Total $490
Returning Handlers with IN Training and paid membership, Total $250
Returning Handlers without paid membership $250 plus $40, Total $290 but pay annually at Roche Lake
This year you will need to bring your own food for 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches to help with keeping costs down
Once you have submitted your complete application and it is reviewed you will be asked to send an e-transfer for the amount
Once your fees are received you will be sent an acceptance e-mail detailing arrival time, what to bring, and a thumbnail agenda for the weekend.
There is room for 25 dog teams and preference is given to validating handlers
Thank you